Iran says atomic inspector 'sneaked out to WC' to hide explosive traces

Supreme Leader Khamenei

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called Iran's treatment of a United Nations nuclear inspector in late October "an outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation".

Under a 2015 deal between Iran and major powers that has been undermined by Washington's withdrawal past year, its nuclear facilities are subject to continuous monitoring by the IAEA.

The top USA diplomat said Iran "detained" the inspector, who the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said had been briefly prevented from leaving Iran.

Moscow is calling on all members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, not to test its limits or the agreement might fall apart, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Friday. On Thursday, November 7, uranium enrichment resumed at Iran's underground Fordo facility, marking the fourth phase of a disengagement strategy that began on May 8 in response to the unilateral USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog has disputed the claim.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (AEO) said on November 7 that it had canceled the inspector's accreditation after an alarm at the entrance to the Natanz uranium enrichment plant raised concerns she could be carrying a "suspect product" on her. "It is now time for all nations to reject this regime's nuclear extortion and take serious steps to increase pressure".

The Trump administration's maximum pressure strategy was created to force Iran to return to the table to negotiate a new deal. This is the maximum enrichment rate to which Iran has limited itself since July, above the 3.67% ceiling set by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Uranium enrichment is the sensitive process that produces fuel for nuclear power plants but also, in highly extended form, the fissile core for a warhead.

Kamalvandi said that "legally speaking" the Iranian government had done nothing wrong in blocking the female inspector from its facility.

Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russian Federation have remained in the deal and have attempted to mitigate the damages caused to Iran's economy by renewed USA sanctions.

He also called on the agency to intensify verification and monitoring efforts in Iran in order to unveil more information concerning its nuclear activities, and any other undeclared sites that Iran is likely to use in this regard, especially in light of hostile policies towards the countries of the region and the world at large, and its tendency towards expansion and domination.

"We can not test the limits of this agreement".

Acting IAEA chief Cornel Feruta, who will be succeeded by Argentina's Rafael Grossi next month, called Thursday's board meeting to discuss the incident and Iran's failure to give a convincing explanation for uranium traces found at a site in Tehran.



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